Date: 14th April 2014 at 7:03am
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Manager James Beattie has said that Accrington fighting back from behind for a point in the game on Saturday against York City could in fact be the most important point of the season for us.

A Shay McCartan injury time leveller was our just deserts for the gaffer given the controversial penalty award that gave them the lead after an hour, and the manager also had to nod to the ‘horrendous’ results elsewhere over the weekend that went against us, so speaking to the Official Site he didn’t downplay how important a point that could’ve been.

‘Results have been horrendous for us elsewhere so this could end up being the most important point of the season. Our goal difference is another major plus, we have worked hard on that. We haven’t conceded as many goals as of the beginning of the season and, if needed, that could be almost like an extra point.’

The gaffer goes on to say that with four games now remaining of 2013-14’s league season the aim is obviously to rack up more points between now and the end of the campaign so our four point buffer grows and doesn’t diminish over the remaining fixtures like it has somewhat over the last two results.

Of course, the gaffer also had praise for the goal scorer as he says that earlier in the season he felt he was unlucky not to have found the net as had he done so, he expects his season would’ve gone a lot better than it has for him so far, but despite not getting that rub of the green so to speak, Beattie couldn’t fault his attitude.

‘He has conducted himself in a manner befitting of a professional footballer and has remained a popular character in the dressing room. The lads adore him and I am delighted for Shay.’

As for the performance itself, he says he feels it ‘epitomises’ the season we have had in many ways, and certainly what Accrington are now about.

‘The lads never know when they’re beaten, they never lie down and they keep going. That pleases me and it makes me proud. I’ve got nothing but praise for the players. That’s the spirit we’ve got, they look each other in the eye and can honestly say they run until the final whistle.’

Beattie goes on to describe the penalty decision as ‘soft’ and points to a similar incident about five minutes from the end that took place in the middle of the pitch and the fact the referee ‘just waved it away’ as speaking volumes to the award he gave in our penalty box, but the bottom line for him again is we just kept on going and that’s what counts for him.